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Postgraduate Course: Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and Stroke Rehabilitation (Online) (NUST11116)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will support nurses and other health care practitioners in developing their advanced level practice in the area of neurological rehabilitation. It will have a specific focus on the needs of young adults with stroke or other Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), their family and carers, but be relevant to a wider range of conditions and age groups.
Course description Within this course you will study the principles of rehabilitation underpinned by a person-centred interdisciplinary approach.
The course will explore common issues faced in neurological practice including physical issues of fatigue, spasticity, swallowing, pain, continence; neurobehavioral issues around cognition, behaviour, anger, rage with lack of inhibition or insight, intellectual processing, memory, speech and language; wider issues around employment, family and social engagement.
The issues will be related to the underlying neuroscience.

Online lectures will introduce new topics in order. Discussion approaches, other online activities (e.g. Padlets, Blogs, Journals) and interactive exercises will enable you to explore, discuss and reflect on the key learning outcomes for specific material. You will have a weekly study pattern consisting of 1-2 hours of core material alongside ongoing interactive activities and reading; you will be studying and researching independently and reflecting on your practice experience. The course will be informed by the experiences of young stroke survivors.

This course will run over a 10 week period. You will be expected to engage each week with the online material, with its directed activities, further study (both individual and collaborative), reading and reflection. The direct online input will be around 2 hours per week, but the follow on activities including online interaction with staff and other students will require additional time. Formative assessment tasks will be undertaken in weeks 3 and 6 with both peer and staff feedback. Summative assessment will be focussed on patient experience from their narratives and personal reflection.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Online Activities 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. Case analysis 3000-3500 words, 70%
2. Critical reflection 1000 words 30%
Feedback Peer reviewed discussions, ongoing through weeks 1 -10. Padlet exercises in weeks 3 and 6 with feedback
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically appraise the core concepts of rehabilitation practice as applied to acquired brain injury and stroke in young adults.
  2. Critically relate practice issues to the needs of young stroke survivors.
  3. Engage with the complex neuroscience and neuropathology of stroke and ABI, and demonstrate the ability to communicate this appropriately to a range of stakeholder audiences.
  4. Critically reflect on their own learning needs in the area of stroke and ABI rehabilitation.
Reading List
BSRM (2019) Specialist neuro-rehabilitation services: providing for patients with complex rehabilitation needs.

Michael P. Barnes, Richard J. Greenwood, Christopher D. Ward, & Thomas M. McMillan. (2005). Handbook of Neurological Rehabilitation. Taylor and Francis. (Online access)

Royal College of Physicians (2016) National Clinical guideline for stroke, Fifth Edition.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Colin Chandler
Tel: (0131 6)51 5168
Course secretaryMr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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